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You’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Dorothy

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Reprinted from the June 2003, issue of the Braille Monitor, the monthly magazine of the National Federation of the Blind.…

Why Do You Want to Make that Child Blind?

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A four-year old boy has entered preschool.  He is highly sensitive to light and glare.   His 20/400 vision makes it…

What You Auto Know: Blind Teens and the Mechanics of Myth-Busting

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The myth tells us: blind people can’t drive, so they don’t (need to) know about cars. The myth tells us:…

Using Readers

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Editor’s Note: Carol Castellano is widely known and respected for her knowledge and grasp of the essentials in the education…

Untangling the Threads: When a Blind Child has Additional Disabilities

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Editor’s Note: Some great conversation threads appear on the <>; listserver sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind…

The Typing Tutor

A review by the Access Technology Team of the International Braille and Technology Center (IBTC) at the National Center for…

A Typical School Day in the Life of a Blind Fourth Grader

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What if the whole world assumed that it is normal for blind kids to go to regular schools, do regular…

"There's a Mousetrap in the House!"

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The mouse looked through the crack and saw the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food could this…

The Future Is Ours!

Abby Cochran: Good morning. I was invited to talk about blindness and how it affects me. I'm currently attending the…

The Whole Truth About Partial Sight

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As President of the Long Island Chapter of Parents of Blind Children, I am often contacted by parents in search…

The Nature of Independence

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An Address Delivered By Kenneth Jernigan At the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind Dallas, Texas, Tuesday,…

The Long Cane

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The long cane protects and detects. It is an exploring tool. It facilitates safe and efficient travel. Use the cane…

Technology and Keyboarding: A Parent Wants to Know, What Comes First?

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  Editor’s Note: The plethora of technology available for blind students today is both wonderful and confusing. With options come…

Overcoming Two Obstacles:Technology for students who are deaf-blind

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Reprinted from TECH-NJ 2006 Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities, volume 17, number 1; a publication of The College of…

Teachers of the Visually Impaired: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities

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The following is from a talk given at a National Conference of the NOPBC. Good morning. I am honored to…

Step to the Music

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I had always dreamed of participating in my high school musical, but year after year I didn't audition. I worried…

Some People Just Get It

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Reprinted from the Spring 2003 issue of the Minnesota Bulletin, a publication of the NFB of Minnesota. Editor’s Note:  A…

Sleep Baby, Sleep

  It's 3:00 a.m. and the baby's day has just begun. You, however, are so sleep-deprived that you can barely…

This IS Rocket Science

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”                      — Albert Einstein “Give me a state! Ready?”…

Research Study: Early Braille Education Vital

An exhaustive study has cast aside some erroneous stereotypes while underscoring the importance of Braille education at an early age.…

O&M: A Child-Centered Perspective

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Historically, orientation and mobility has been taught from adult to adult with particular emphasis on cane travel as the beginning…

Navigating the Social Landscape: Strategies for Success

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From the Editor: Why do some blind children and teens make friends easily while others struggle? Arielle Silverman, president of…

My Triple Life as Worker, Student, and Federationist

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Reprinted from the Spring 2003 issue of the Minnesota Bulletin, a publication of the NFB of Minnesota. Busy as she…

My First Convention

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Why a mom and her son began attending the national convention of the NFB and the annual Parents' Division seminar.…

My Experience with Standardized Testing and Blind Students

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Let me preface this article by saying that I am  in no way an authority on testing children with visual…

Letting Go

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Reprinted from the November/December 2006 issue of VISability, a newsletter published by the Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) program in…

Let the Freedom Bell Ring!

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Editor’s Note: Getting training in blindness skills seems the logical, sensible thing to do if one is newly blinded. But…

Why Blind Kids Need to do Chores

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About a year ago I had an email exchange with the parent of a blind pre-schooler on the question of…

Issues in O&M: Early Intervention, Preschool, Transition to Kindergarten

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Joe Cutter, Early Childhood O&M specialist, takes a look at issues in Orientation & Mobility, starting with an overview of…

How Can My Child Get Around Alone?

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In the section on "Play," we discussed how the tiny infant reaches toward a sound, and later crawls toward it.…

Helpful Hints for Parents of Blind Infants & Toddlers

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When a blind or visually impaired child is only a few months old, most parents are still trying to cope…

From Slogan to Substance

I recently had dinner with a friend of mine, and he and I got into a debate about the state…

Considerations for Cane Travel

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Concept of Tool Implement used to accomplish a task, usually hand held (spoon, scoop, shovel, push toy, hula hoop, cane,…

Choosing a College

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Reprinted from the Fall, 2003 issue of the Buckeye Bulletin, the newsletter of the NFB of Ohio. Editor’s Note: There…

Blind Students Can Succeed in Chemistry Classes

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Have you ever wondered why ice melts, and water evaporates? Why leaves turn color in the fall, and how a…

Anna’s Long Road to Braille Literacy

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Editor’s note: How long does it take a child to learn to read? For thirteen-year-old Anna Miller, who is blind and…

Access Technology at the NFB

There is no place quite like the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC) at the NFB National…

A PSAT Story: The Test was the Easy Part

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October 14, 2009, was a milestone day. My daughter, Kyra Sweeney, a tenth grader, took the PSAT. Over the past…

A Brief Look At The Education Of Blind Children: An Overview

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How Are Blind Children Educated? There are approximately 100,000 blind/visually impaired children in the United States (about one child in…